With cheap and value-for-money Android devices being launched every other week, Samsung is working hard to maintain its foothold as one of top selling mobile phones. At the top end, it also has to content with Apple and that is no easy task either.

According to Sammobile, a blog that covers Samsung and has a history of providing accurate information on new Samsung products, the company has been working on a big-screened smartphone that folds in half to fit into your pocket, and the device may be launched as early as January.

Samsung has always been a pioneer when it comes to display technology and was the first to launch a smartphone with a Super AMOLED display back in 2010. Even their current flagship model, the Galaxy S6 Edge, distinguishes itself from the smartphone market clutter with the world’s first dual-edge curved display.

It looks like Samsung wants to play on its strengths again to capture the market by offering something completely unique. The report, which is based on a tip off by a Chinese source who claims to have in-depth knowledge of the project, claims that Samsung is testing the device in two hardware configurations; one with Snapdragon 620 processor and the other with a Snapdragon 820 chipset. Rumoured to be launched January, the device will have 3GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and a non-removable battery.

Though there is no official confirmation, this is not the first time Samsung has worked on a foldable screen concept. In 2008, Samsung showcased a prototype of a display that folds in half at The Society for Information Display (SID), an event that showcases innovative display technologies.

Samsung had also released a video around the foldable screen concept indicating that it was definitely thinking in that direction. The report however also mentions that this device will not be marketed as the Galaxy S7 and that it will most probably launched only in South Korea.


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